Fact Hunt: Chelsea vs Aston Villa – 40 Things You Need To Know

After wins over West Brom (0-3) and Crystal Palace (3-0), Dean Smith has had to quickly prepare for this evening’s trip to Stamford Bridge.

Ahead of The Villa Underground Match Preview and Team News (available 1 hour before kick off), here are the key facts and stats ahead of the game.

KEY FACTS

  1. Ross Barkley is unavailable due to a combination of injury and also being prohibited from playing against his parent club.
  2. Tyrone Mings is suspended after seeing red in the Boxing Day victory over Crystal Palace.
  3. Ezri Konsa is expected to partner Kortney Hause at centre-back.
  4. Chelsea were poor and lost 3-1 to Arsenal in their Boxing Day fixture.
  5. There have been just 48 hours between each teams last matches.
  6. Frank Lampard referred to Chelsea’s last display as “lazy“.
  7. Villa are now above Lampard’s side, with two games in hand.
  8. Ziyech is definitely out for the hosts.
  9. Frank Lampard has indicated that he will make up to 7 changes.
  10. Ben Chilwell and Reece James may have late fitness tests.
  11. Wesley and Trezeguet will be unavailable for Villa due to injury.
  12. Chelsea have lost 3 of their last 4 games.
  13. Dean Smith is looking to extend Villa’s unbeaten run to 4 games.
  14. Chelsea won the last encounter 2-1 (June 2021).
  15. The hosts have also won their last 6 games against Villa.
  16. Villa have lost 10 of the last 11 games against Chelsea.
  17. Villa’s last Premier League win over Chelsea was in March 2014.
  18. The aggregate score over the last 5 encounters is 17-2 in the Blues favour.
  19. Chelsea’s 8-0 victory over us in 2012 is their biggest ever league win.
  20. Villa’s biggest win over Chelsea was 7-1 (1951/52)
  21. Villa’s biggest win at Stamford Bridge was 6-3 (1931/32)
  22. Villa haven’t kept a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge since March 1998.
  23. Villa’s last win at Stamford Bridge was in 2011 – Alex McLeish in charge as Ireland, Petrov and Bent got the goals.
  24. Former Villa loanee Tammy Abraham has scored 26 goals since the start of last season.
  25. Olivier Giroud has scored 8 times in his last 6 appearances against Villa.
  26. Ollie Watkins is Villa’s top goalscorer this term with 6; but hasn’t scored in his last 6 appearances.
  27. Jack Grealish has 6 assists to his name already this season.
  28. Emi Martinez has 8 clean sheets, the highest in the division.
  29. Villa haven’t conceded in the last 4 PL fixtures.
  30. Six of Villa’s side have started all 13 of matches this season.
  31. Villa have 25 points from 11 games – our best points haul in 22 years.
  32. Smith has won 5 of Villa’s 6 games on the road so far this campaign.
  33. By contrast, Chelsea are unbeaten in their 6 home games.
  34. If Villa were to secure a 9th win, this would match the number achieved all last season.
  35. Chelsea PL Form: DWLLWL
  36. Villa PL Form: LLWDWW
  37. Kick Off Time: 5:30pm / 17:30pm GMT
  38. Venue: Stamford Bridge (London, England)
  39. Referee: Stuart Attwell
  40. Watch or Stream: Via Amazon Prime (Requires subscription)

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